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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

New York, NY, April 24 -- With Jack Rosen, Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry, looking on from the first row at the Holocaust Museum gathering of survivors and senior Administration officials, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke forcefully about the need for all free nations to do everything possible to prevent atrocities.


President Obama specifically referred to Iran and recommitted the United States and his Administration to do everything possible to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.


“I was deeply moved that the President and many senior members of his administration came to the museum, and spent so much time touring and then participating in the commemoration,” Rosen said.


“The President made several important points about not just remembering and honoring those who suffered and died, but about the need to be vigilant and to take action in the face of injustice and violence in today’s world,” Rosen continued.  “As he said, there is no place in a civilized world for the kind of regime we see in Iran that continues to work tirelessly to acquire weapons of mass destruction, threatens its neighbors and creates international turmoil.


“I also commend his creation of the Atrocities Prevention Board with a strong group of senior government officials now charged with making a priority of stopping genocide before it occurs, and of using an integrated approach to use all the tools in the U.S. government’s tool kit to address mass murder and other crimes against humanity.


“All Americans, and the entire world as well, should hope the many genocides witnessed throughout the 20th century never again will be repeated, and that the U.S government can play an effective preventive role to ensure that outcome,” Rosen concluded.


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

New York, NY, April 18 - Yesterday's expected talks between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad failed to materialize when the latter chose not to attend the talks and instead sent two lower level assistants to the meeting.


It has now been two years since top level talks between the two sides have taken place, notwithstanding Israel’s offer to meet anytime, anyplace, without preconditions.


"There is lots of lip service given to the importance of the peace process," said Jack Rosen, Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry. "But it takes two to tango, and it's quite evident the Palestinians prefer to posture, go to the UN and do just about anything other than sit down with the government of Israel.

"Negotiations will be difficult and both sides will have to make sacrifices, but the sooner the process begins in earnest, the sooner we’ll reach the goal of two states for two peoples,” Rosen continued.

"Salam Fayyad has done a lot of good things for the Palestinian people under very difficult circumstances, not least of which is the high wire act he conducts while both Fatah and Hamas take constant pot shots at him. As usual, they try to undermine the only Palestinian politician who actually gets things done on the ground, and no doubt they have forced him to abandon the latest opportunity to explore peace with Israel. It's very disappointing, but it hardly comes as a surprise," Rosen concluded.




Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Council Chairman Jack Rosen today issued the following statement:


It is gratifying to see that the recent remarks made by the internationally renowned author Gunter Grass have been denounced so widely. As Joseph Joffe, the editor of Germanys Die Zeit so aptly put it, Grass has a tin ear when it comes to understanding Israel, Iran and the potential dangers posed by nuclear weapons.


Grass’ attempt to make Israel the nuclear aggressor and Iran the victim is a further stain on the already tainted reputation of the self-admitted, one time Waffen SS veteran. At this stage of his life and career Grass should have the decency to keep quiet.


What must be said is that he is consistent in his lifelong inability to distinguish between the forces of democracy and tyranny, between those who seek peace and accommodation and those who sponsor terror, between those who uphold values that give Grass the opportunity to spout nonsense and those who would have him hang for days by the neck in a public square for the crime of speaking his mind.

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